Michael David Ging

October 19, 2018
Michael David Ging

Michael David Ging is an organist, church musician, teacher, and entrepreneur based in Houston, Texas.

As a concert artist, Dr. Ging’s performances throughout the United States and Mexico receive critical and audience acclaim. His 20182019 season includes solo recitals in Atlanta, Austin, Sante Fe, Washington, D.C., and throughout the Houston area. His first European recital tour is slated for 2020. His credits include festival appearances at the 11th International Organ and Early Music Festival (Oaxaca, Mexico), the Leipzig in Houston Festival, the Houston Early Music Festival, the University of Alabama Piano and Organ Festival, and three solo recitals at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (2009, 2015, and as a replacement artist on 48-hour’s notice in 2017). The American Organist hailed his Sunday-evening recital opening the 2015 L’Organo Recital Series (Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston) as “flawless,” noted that his program “showed off instrument and player to perfection,” recognized his “fine style,” and described his interpretation of Töpfer’s Sonata in D Minor as “a rare gem.”

As an orchestral soloist, Dr. Ging has performed Samuel Barber’s Toccata Festiva (Houston Civic Symphony), Howard Hanson’s Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Harp (New Hope Festival Orchestra), and J.S. Bach’s concerti for multiple harpsichords (Bach Society Houston). He has performed for the Houston, Charleston, Central North Carolina, and Greater Columbia chapters of the American Guild of Organists. Dr. Ging is dedicated to constantly expanding a repertoire spanning all eras since the Renaissance and is a fierce advocate for new music. He has premiered and/or commissioned compositions by Ryan Gagnon, Daniel J. Knaggs, Daniel Sigmon, and Thomas J. White. His performance of Knaggs’s Alma Chorus Domini may be heard on “Daniel Knaggs: A New Spring Time,” a 2013 release by ECCE Records.

Dr. Ging’s career as a church musician began when he was appointed Organist/Choirmaster at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church (Folly Beach, SC) at age fourteen. Since that time he has served Catholic, Lutheran, and Episcopal churches in South Carolina, Ohio, and Texas. Currently, he serves as Director of Music at New Hope Lutheran Church and as Associate Director of Music/Organist at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. He is the founding Artistic Director of the Phil Kramer Recital Series, which receives regular praise for its success attracting audiences to performances of solo, orchestral, choral, and chamber music, as well as staged dramatic works.

Dr. Ging completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Houston in 2018. There he studied organ with Robert Bates, conducting with Betsy Cook Weber, and completed his doctoral research, “Orchestrations and Transformations: Guilmant, Widor, and the Emergence of Music for Organ and Orchestra in France,” under the guidance of Matthew Dirst, with whom he also studied harpsichord. He holds a master’s degree from Rice University and a bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Ken Cowan and Jack Mitchener, respectively. Additional studies include improvisation with George Baker and Sigurd Øgaard as well as extensive coaching with Delbert Disselhorst.

In addition to his rigorous schedule as performer and church musician, Dr. Ging maintains a private teaching studio. He is Managing Partner at Seven Eight Records, LLC, a company he incorporated with composer Ryan Gagnon in 2017. He resides in Houston’s East Downtown with his wife, soprano Sarah Łysiak.

Michael David Ging is represented by Seven Eight Artists.